HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Housing says the state is expected to meet its year-end goal of ending chronic homelessness.

In 2014, Governor Dannel Malloy signed an initiative to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. The Department of Housing says 981 people have been placed into permanent housing since last year. They say that since October 2015, 77 chronically homeless people have been permanently housed in the greater New Haven area. In the Middletown, Meriden, Wallingford area, another 49 people have been placed into permanent housing.

“These numbers show that our efforts are paying off,” Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein said in a news release. “We’ve effectively ended veteran homelessness thanks to our coordination and collaboration and because of that we will end chronic homelessness too.”

In August 2015, Connecticut became the first state in the country recognized by the federal government for ending chronic veteran homelessness. At the end of 2015, the state was certified as being one of only two to have effectively eliminated all veteran homelessness.